Remidi T8 – First Wearable Musical Instrument
With the advent of the wearable market fully in swing, it was only a matter of time until one was invented that was a wearable musical instrument. If you consider the Theremin then you are close to what this device is all about.
Currently on Kickstarter, The Remidi T8 (along with accompanying app) looks like a lot of fun and could transform live performances. The Remidi T8 is composed of a sensor-loaded glove and a MIDI wrist controller that allows you to use your hand as a musical device by combining sounds with your fingertips, palm and hand motions.
The device has sensors in the fingers and palm which trigger custom sounds while the connected wrist-controller uses hand gestures to control effects with reverb, echo, etc.
You can individually program each of the 8 pressure sensitive sensors to create new, custom sounds or to remix existing ones, all the time using hand gestures to control the chosen effects.
For example, you can program an ‘A’ chord from a heavy metal guitar on your thumb and a sample line from Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger on your little finger. Touch these two together and they will play simultaneously, or you could play them separately for isolated tracks.
Program the palm of your hand to play a kick drum and the other two palm-sensors for a hi-hat and snare, while the rest of your fingers play a melodious riff. It only takes one hand to record the instrumentals for 2Pac’s California Love!
Remidi started in September 2014 with a goal to translate the natural gestures of the human hand into music, swiftly move forward to 2016 and they have reached their first target on Kickstarter.
They incorporated the MIDI protocol for communicating with your devices and the rest of your musical paraphenalia. The company are remaining tight lipped about their intriguing tech because they are still in the patenting process and the specific tech they are speaking about is, to quote, ‘absolutely the most precious thing we have discovered during our path…’